Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Just fun: Thousands of Plastic Figures Hold Up the Floor by artist Do Ho Suh Floor, 1997-2000

This is us.
There are a number of ways to consider this allegory but the meanings are brought to our attention through art. Looking at the figures close up, the care and effort is apparent. The figures come to life because we can identify with them tasking together and it doesn't look easy. They have our sympathy.

The installation is meant to walked on, not just observed. I suspect something emotional, perhaps  surprising feelings well up from standing on so many human figures, plastic or not. Just imagine yourself standing there - you may feel something.

The installation photo is compelling and one that stays in the mind. It can take on a number of meanings, but whatever the idea, the visual stays with us.

Great art lasts and that is the high bar for us as artists.
We have the ability to create something that is Forever.

Here is the text from the Lehmann Maupin Gallery website:

Thousands of Plastic Figures Hold Up the Floor

One of the most exciting contemporary artists of our time, Korean Do Ho Suh, created this large sculptural installation that doesn't look like much until you come closer. Glass plates rest on thousands of multicolored miniature plastic figures who are crowded together with their heads and arms turned skyward. Together, they are holding the weight of the individual visitor who steps onto the floor.

Currently showing at Lehmann Maupin's pop-up gallery at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI), Floor is one of those installations that's wonderfully thought-provoking. The figures represent the diverse and anonymous masses of people who support and/or resist the symbolic floor.

This installation can be seen, alongside works by artists Teresita Fernández, Ashley Bickerton, and Lee Bui, from now till February 11, 2012.

Floor, 1997-2000

Installation at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
PVC Figures, Glass Plates, Phenolic Sheets, Polyurethane Resin

40 parts each:
39.37 x 39.37 x 3.15 inches, 100 x 100 x 8 cm

Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

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